Monthly Archive: June 2019

Fireworks: What’s the Law?

The sounds of fireworks are beginning and it is only June! A frequently asked question is: “What is our local law on fireworks?”

The Centralia Municipal Code, CMC 5.98.030, controls the type of fireworks allowed within the city of Centralia and the dates when same may be sold and/or discharged. The Code adopts the State Law, RCW 70.77.

Sale and Purchase

Pursuant to RCW 70.77.395, it is legal to sell and purchase consumer fireworks within this state from twelve o’clock noon to eleven o’clock p.m. on June 28th, from nine o’clock a.m. to eleven o’clock p.m. on each day from the June 29th through the 4th of July, from nine o’clock a.m. to nine o’clock p.m. on the July 5th.

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Join the Elect Peter Abbarno campaign at the Centralia 4th of July Parade!

Join the #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign at the Centralia 4th of July Parade! The parade begins at 4pm, but the campaign will be gathering on Centralia College Blvd. starting at 2:30pm.

The #ElectPeterAbbarno parade entries through the years! We won best government entry in 2015!

Wear Orange- there will be some campaign t-shirts available- but going fast.

After the parade, join the #ElectPeterAbbarno campaign for some refreshments at their campaign headquarters/house! This is a fun yearly event and kid friendly.

Join #ElectPeterAbbarno at Parade!

If you would like to join our campaign at the Centralia 4th of July Campaign, please sign up and provide your information so we can fill you in on the details.

Donate and Support the Campaign!

If you can’t make the parade, please consider donating to the campaign by making an online donation on the Campaign Donation Page or mailing a donation to Committee to Elect Peter Abbarno, 208 North Washington Avenue, Centralia, WA 98531.

Borst Avenue Groundbreaking is about Student and Community Safety

This week I joined Centralia and Lewis County officials for a ceremony to kick-off the construction season at the long awaited Borst Avenue project.

The street remained dangerous and deteriorating for more than 40 years until students from the Centralia High School student government approached the City and County in 2016 for help repairing the road.

City, County, SCJ Alliance, and School Board members break ground on Borst Avenue.

This issue was very personal to me, which is why I advocated strongly for the project. My wife is a teacher at the Middle School and my children are students in Centralia. If I was not willing to send my children walking down Borst Avenue then I could expect other parents. And we all did something about it.

The city and county worked together with SCJ alliance and held numerous public meetings. In 2017, I was proud to move to amend the City of Centralia‘s letter of intent to the State Transportation Improvement Board and increase our commitment (as well as likelihood) of securing the necessary funds for the Safety Improvement Project to 30% match.

Chosen Borst Avenue Project after Public Hearings.

Ultimately the City and County were awarded the grant and the project will begin this summer. Centralia School District 401 students and City of Centralia residents should feel safe walking along Borst Avenue. We should all be grateful that Centralia ASB members like Morgan Fast, Kennedy Woods, Mackenzie Neely, and Amber Johnson presented to the City and County. They truly represent how government should work and how things should get done!

Peter Abbarno with Kennedy Woods, former Miss Lewis County and former Centralia ASB Member

Congratulations Centralia ASB and all the community partners that made this project a reality after so many years. Collaboration, Partnerships, and responding to the needs of our community got this project started. Thank you to all involved.

Abbarno wins Chronicle Newspaper’s Best Elected Official in Lewis County

At a ceremony located at Dick’s Brewery at the Port of Centralia, Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno was voted 2019 Best Elected Official in Lewis County. Abbarno was nominated the Best Elected Official in Lewis County for four years in a row.

In 2018, Abbarno won the Best Volunteer in Lewis County for his work with organizations throughout the community; a title he was nominated again in 2019.

The “Best of Lewis County” is voted on by the community at Voters can visit the Chronicle Newspaper “Best Of” website to nominate individuals and organizations for “Best of. . . ” awards. Once the nominations are narrowed to three, voters have the opportunity to vote for the “Best”.

“There are many “Bests” in Lewis County and throughout our region,” said Abbarno. “I am very appreciative and humbled by the nominations and votes. I want to congratulate everyone who was nominated and thank all those who voted.”

In 2019, Abbarno was also awarded the Lewis Economic Development Council’s “Economic Development Leadership Award and the “Humanitarian of the Year Award” by the Church Women United.

Peter Abbarno is awarded the Humanitarian Award from Church Women United.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Church Women United,” said Abbarno. “I don’t volunteer to be recognized, although it feels good, I volunteer to make a difference in my community for my children and my neighbors.”

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